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Mayor Gallego Announces Blue Bank to Foster Innovation in Water Conservationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2350Mayor's Office5/12/2022 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2350/cooling tower at Sky Harbor.pngMayor Gallego Announces Blue Bank to Foster Innovation in Water Conservation<div class="ExternalClass7248EBCDBF2F4C1B9895964E6D68923B"><html> <p></p> <p>Mayor Kate Gallego and members of the Phoenix City Council have voted unanimously to make new funding available to companies interested in using a leading-edge technology to save water and protect the environment. </p> <p>The new 'Blue Bank' is a partnership between the city, the <a target="_blank" href="https://thebluebank.org/" title="BlueCommons Fund">New Venture Fund's BlueCommons</a> project, and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation's <a target="_blank" href="https://businessforwater.org/about" title="Business for Water Stewardship">Business for Water Stewardship</a> (BWS) program. BlueCommons and BWS will provide loans to qualified companies that want to incorporate cooling tower projects in their own buildings and campuses. </p> <p>A highly successful, large-scale cooling tower water treatment technology pioneered at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the basis of this grant program. Cooling towers are used in industry-scale air conditioning systems – like those at the airport. Because of the hard water in the Phoenix area, corrosion happens quickly, clogging the system with mineral deposits.  The deposits reduce efficiency of the systems, causing them to use more water; they can also require harsh chemicals to remove. By using ingenuity and experimentation, engineers at the airport found that by combining a water softening system with an environmentally friendly disinfectant generator on the cooling towers at Terminal 3, 4, and the Rental Car Center, the results were dramatic. There was a vast reduction in the chemicals needed to keep the pipes clean, and a <strong>savings of 31 million gallons of water</strong> in Terminal 4 alone. Plus, cooling water can now cycle through the towers 3.5 to six times before it must be discarded – another significant improvement.  </p> <p>Through the non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) approved Wednesday, Phoenix will be responsible for identifying companies that are potentially ready to adopt this technology. BlueCommons and BWS can choose to provide project funding for qualified companies. The hope is to create a rotating funding mechanism for future projects. ​<br></p> <p>​</p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Mayor Gallego Unveils Environment and Sustainability Information Hubhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2349Mayor's Office4/22/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2349/220416 Partners_FirstTreePlanting.pngMayor Gallego Unveils Environment and Sustainability Information Hub<div class="ExternalClassCF29F08680BB4015A3CCBCCFA98B1B76"><html> <p></p> <p>Mayor Kate Gallego announced a new website portal on Earth Day, designed to provide residents with timely updates and expedite access to programs focused on environmental, sustainability, and climate programs. From plans for developing electric vehicle infrastructure, to preserving urban farmland, the site highlights how the City of Phoenix is taking action to conserve resources, fight climate change, and improve the environmental quality of life for future generations.  <br><br>“This fiscal year, we passed an aggressive, accelerated Climate Action Plan, launched the first-ever public Office of Heat Response and Mitigation, piloted Cool Pavement technology, planted the first Cool Corridor, invested in the Circular Economy, and introduced an Electric Vehicle Roadmap," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Residents want to know more, access, and engage on programs which are often scattered across multiple departments. This new hub of information makes it easier to navigate and find the myriad of programs in progress."</p> <p>Leadership on climate will help the city address extreme drought and water conservation while also growing green jobs and green investments for the health of the local economy. Recent actions include:</p> <p> <strong>Electric Vehicle Road Map and Input Opportunity</strong>  <br>Mayor Gallego created an ad hoc committee dedicated to advancing the adoption of electric vehicles in Phoenix. Earlier this month, the committee shared with Mayor Gallego and City Councilmembers the first draft of an <a href="https://t.co/7ZsvsRgZIW" target="_blank">Electric Vehicle Road Map </a>. The plan is now being taken to neighborhoods across Phoenix to gather public review and comment. Residents may also provide input by taking <a href="https://www.research.net/r/Z8MRJQ3" target="_blank">a short survey</a>.  </p> <p> <strong>Sustainability Officers at Local Schools</strong>  <br>This week, the City's Office of Sustainability expanded its <a href="/sustainabilitysite/Pages/Green-Games-2020.aspx" target="_blank">Student Council Sustainability Officer (SCSO) Initiative </a>. The program invites local high schools to add a Sustainability Officer (SO) position to their existing student councils so they can help promote campus practices that reduce environmental impacts.  <br> <br><br><strong>Farmland Preservation Program</strong>  <br>Earlier this year, a South Phoenix farm was permanently protected from development thanks to the City of Phoenix's <a href="/newsroom/environmental-programs/2224" target="_blank">Farmland Preservation Program </a>. The city invested $1,000,000 into the program as part of the Phoenix Resilient Food System Program. Maya's Farm now has a conservation easement which ensures it will never be paved over or developed. <br>  <br><strong>Planting Trees for Cool Corridors</strong><br>Last weekend, began a new era of urban tree canopy growth with the planting of the city's first Cool Corridor. Phoenix is helping to cool neighborhoods and increase social equity with scientific data. Mayor Gallego, the City's Office of Heat Response and Mitigation, along with the nation's oldest conservation non-profit, American Forests, joined nearly 100 volunteers in planting drought-resistant, Phoenix-native trees.<br> <br>Mayor Gallego serves as one of two North American representatives on the C40 steering committee, a global network of leading cities committed to aggressive climate action. She also is Vice Chair of Climate Mayors, a domestic network of mayors focused on maximizing impact of President Biden's Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Additionally, she is Public Sector Co-Chair of 50L Home, an initiative to inspire water efficiency and zero-carbon living.</p> <p>The city wants to achieve net-zero emissions in municipal operations by 2030, and net-zero emissions community-wide by 2050. This Earth Day, and throughout the year, learn more about city services, programs, and events which align with this goal by visiting the environment and sustainability portal in the Phoenix Newsroom at <a href="https://bit.ly/PHXEarthDay" target="_blank">https://bit.ly/PHXEarthDay</a>.​<br></p> <p>​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Mayor and Council Expand Mental Health Resources and Health Benefits Outreach https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2348Mayor's Office3/23/2022 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2348/Letterhead.pngMayor and Council Expand Mental Health Resources and Health Benefits Outreach <div class="ExternalClass59CD2A8AE220424593325122CAEB3E8A"><html> <p></p> <div>Mayor Kate Gallego and members of city council unanimously allocated $9 million to Mercy Care to combat the escalating behavioral health crisis and get more help to residents of Phoenix. Mercy Care is the Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) in Maricopa County, and the program is supported with American Rescue Plan Act funding the city received for health response. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“We continue to see more residents requiring assistance to address mental or behavioral health challenges,” said Mayor Gallego. “With Mercy Care’s network of over 200 city-wide provider locations, we will assist up to 100 additional adults, children and families each month, many of whom are unsheltered or in danger of becoming unsheltered.” </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>This investment aligns with the $15 million in the current budget for the Community Assistance Program (CAP) to provide crisis response, mental and behavioral health care, counseling, and other assistance.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Services will include a range of critical behavioral health assistance and transitional</div> <div>housing for people who are uninsured or underinsured. This includes outreach, behavioral health screening, mental health counseling, substance use treatment, and case management. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“The pandemic created unprecedented mental and behavioral health challenges for so many people,” said Tad Gary, Mercy Care Deputy CEO. “We appreciate the City’s confidence in Mercy Care, and we look forward to helping Phoenix residents get the care and services they need to deal with these challenges.” </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>As a local Medicaid health plan, Mercy Care provides access to health care services for more than half a million Arizonans who are eligible for Medicaid. Mercy Care’s members include adults, children, seniors, people living with disabilities and those who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. As the RBHA contractor in Maricopa County, Mercy Care oversees the public behavioral health crisis system. This work includes collaboration with first responders, including Phoenix Fire and Police Departments, as well as the City’s Human Services Department.    <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Mercy Care network providers deliver comprehensive, culturally competent, trauma-informed services. Examples of providers that will be delivering services to Phoenix residents as a part of this program include, but are not limited to, Native American Connections, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, and Chicanos Por La Causa. Providers will also screen individuals for Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) eligibility and refer them to assistance in applying for public benefits.</div> <div> <br>​<br></div> <p>​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Mayor Welcomes Tufts Physical Therapy Program to Phoenixhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2173Mayor's Office12/15/2021 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2173/Mayor Newsroom Generic Picture.pngMayor Welcomes Tufts Physical Therapy Program to Phoenix<div class="ExternalClass97B49A82BCC640C2894410F57CD4E1F7"><html>​​​​​​​​​Mayor Kate Gallego announced today that Tufts University School of Medicine will expand its Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program to Phoenix. The program will locate in downtown Phoenix inside Block 23 at CityScape, 101 E Washington St., and plans to welcome  its first class of 100 students in June 2022. The new location is expected to fuel job growth in the area.<br><br>“The Tufts DPT program’s selection of Phoenix is an investment in our people and builds on the  excellence we have established with the Phoenix Biomedical Campus,” said Mayor Gallego. “We are a primary market in the Western U.S. where you can you find a talented mix of researchers, doctors, innovators, educators and thought leaders, and Tufts‘ rigorous program will help deliver some of the nation’s top practitioners.”<br><br>The Tufts DPT programs offer an accelerated hybrid education model designed to develop high-performing healthcare professionals with the skills and perspectives necessary to meet team oriented healthcare demands in the 21st century, and serve the health and well-being of  diverse populations. The School of Medicine’s decision to expand the program comes as the  need for physical therapists continues to increase. <br><br>“The projected employment gap for physical therapists in Arizona is over 40% through the year <br>2028, and that has compounded as a result of the pandemic, and so, we are committed to <br>addressing this need by developing the highest quality professionals under the Tufts banner,” <br>said Program Director Eric Hegedus, PT, DPT, PhD, MHSc. “We are also excited to be a dynamic <br>partner with professionals in the Valley of the Sun.”<br><br>Tufts will launch the new hybrid, accelerated DPT program in Phoenix with an inaugural class in <br>Summer 2022. Expansion of the DPT program to Phoenix follows demand on the West Coast <br>and the success of the DPT Boston program last year. Tufts DPT combines virtual face-to-face <br>classes, onsite hands-on skills labs, and patient-focused clinical education experiences to build <br>innovative and rigorous DPT programs in a world-class medical school. Students complete the <br>programs from anywhere in the country and attend eight immersive onsite skills labs critical to  developing patient management skills.<br><br>Phoenix, Arizona is the fifth largest city in the United States. With a population of 1.7 million, it is also the fastest growing city in the nation. For more information about Phoenix and services available through the city, please visit <a href="https://phoenix.gov" target="_blank">phoenix.gov.</a><br><br>##<br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Mayor Gallego to Co-Chair Effort for Water Solutionshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2130Mayor's Office11/4/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2130/50L_Photo_001.jpgMayor Gallego to Co-Chair Effort for Water Solutions<div class="ExternalClassC0610D0E3DD840D3886F1E0D24415B12"><html> ​​(GLASGOW, SCOTTLAND) – Mayor Kate Gallego has been named Public Sector Co-chair of the <a target="_blank" href="https://50lhome.org/">50 Liter Home Coalition</a> (50L Home), a collaborative of private, public, and civic leaders who aim to reinvent the future of urban water use through innovations that reduce carbon emissions and promote water security for all.  The announcement came during today's <a target="_blank" href="https://ukcop26.org">COP26</a> sessions, which featured Mayor Gallego and IKEA Group's Chief Sustainability Officer leading a discussion on how cities can address multi-system challenges around water security.<br><br>“Our members and partners in the 50L Home Coalition envision a future where water efficiency and zero-carbon living are an irresistible aspiration for all," said Braulio Eduardo Morera, Director of the 50L Home Coalition. “To achieve such an ambitious target, it is essential we engage with cities and communities and listen to their leaders. We are delighted Mayor Kate Gallego has accepted our Coalition's invitation to be our Public Sector Chair. Her vision for Phoenix as a desert community that prioritizes sustainable growth will be a north star for our work; together we will innovate new water and energy solutions, learn from global best practices, and share what Phoenicians have learned."<br><br>“Just as we have led in innovations like cool pavement, we will continue to find new solutions to address water scarcity and drought," said Mayor Gallego. “I look forward to my role as Co-chair and piloting programs cities around the world have designed, so we can demonstrate the results, and lessons learned, and share them widely. The breakthroughs will become the standard practices of the future."<br><br>The 50L Home Coalition is a global action-oriented platform that unites leaders from the private, nonprofit, and public sectors to address two of the world's most pressing challenges: water <br>security and climate change. This global collaboration aims to transform the way we use water and energy at home, and change the narrative on domestic water consumption by making a water-efficient lifestyle – one where each person uses 50 liters of water per day – both attainable and irresistible. In selecting Mayor Gallego as Public Sector Chair, the Coalition noted her strong environmental leadership, driven by a desire to keep Phoenix a frontrunner in sustainability.<br><br>The 50L Home was inspired by Cape Town's response to a major drought and the looming prospect of a 'Day-Zero' in 2017 and 2018 – the day the city would be forced to turn off water service to all citizens. Cape Town residents had to significantly reduce their water use at home to only 50 liters per person per day. Many cities all over the world are facing a similar threat of Day Zero conditions due to severe water scarcity, while millions of urban dwellers still don't have access to safe drinking water in their homes.<br><br>“As a desert city, Phoenix is a living lab for water and energy innovation, with an essential need to make the most of every drop. The work we do now will inform the lives of the next generation, including my son," said Mayor Gallego. “I want them to experience a verdant, vital world that has recovered from its most serious threat."<br><br>Launched on October 27, 2020, the 50L Home Coalition is supported by an emerging group of global private partners - including Electrolux, Engie, IKEA, Kohler, Procter & Gamble (P&G), Suez, and Arcadis. It was convened by the World Economic Forum, 2030 Water Resources Group, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.<br><br>Mayor Gallego joins private sector co-chair Shailesh Jejurikar, Chief Operating Officer of P&G. The Public Sector Co-Chair role represents non-governmental organization, international governmental organizations, as well as other government or other interested groups that join the 50L Home initiative. <br><br>50L Home was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of its Lighthouse Projects in 2020. Lighthouse Projects exemplify the ways in which stakeholders are making concrete progress to address the pressing societal, economic, environmental, technology, regional and industry<br>challenges of our time. In May 2021, 50L Home was recognized by Fast Company as an Honorable Mention in the General Excellence category of its 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards.<br> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office

 Mayor

Mayor Kate Gallego has a vision for Phoenix: she sees it as a place that is vibrant and growing, and one where every person is treated with dignity and respect. 

Mayor Gallego is a strong advocate for smart business growth and investment – she recently helped land the city’s largest-ever business development deal, a $12 billion semiconductor manufacturing plant that will bring significant economic development for decades to come.  She is leading the city to global status as a leader in bioscience, technology, research, and advanced manufacturing. 

The Mayor is also leading Phoenix to meet its goal to become the most sustainable desert city in the United States. She has fostered investments in cool solutions, including the nation’s first, publicly funded Office of Heat Response and Mitigation; launched the city’s successful cool pavement pilot; and led the charge toward building the necessary EV infrastructure to support a sustainable future.

Mayor Gallego is the second elected female Mayor in Phoenix history and one of the youngest big city Mayors in the United States. In November 2020, she was returned to office with the highest number of votes ever cast for a mayoral candidate in Phoenix. 

A graduate of Harvard University, she earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She was elected to the Phoenix City Council in 2013, representing south Phoenix and the city’s downtown core. Prior professional pursuits include strategic planning and economic development for one of Arizona’s largest utility companies and service in state government, as part of the Governor’s team.

Mayor Kate Gallego enjoys a desert hike and a good read. She is Mom to five-year-old Michael.​